When the news came this weekend that Patrick Stewart will indeed be reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, the internet went crazy with PatStew love. The reaction to the announcement was overwhelmingly positive, and it showed just how important Star Trek: The Next Generation is not just to Trekkies but also to more mainstream audiences. And indeed, the reveal that Jean-Lu is returning is certainly one of the best things to happen to Star Trek in — dare I say it? — decades. Though, all the same, it’s also one of the riskiest moves the franchise has taken in some time.
Sir Patrick Stewart will reprise the role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in a brand new “Star Trek” series on CBS All Access, Variety has learned. The exact plot details are being kept mostly under wraps, though the series is said to tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. That indicates that it will […]
The town of Malibu, Calif., is a tight creative community, where many residents also happen to be famous. Lyndie Benson, the photographer who used to be married to musician Kenny G, is one longtime local who decided to turn to her lifestyle into a sustainable luxury apparel line called Bleusalt, that launched in October 2017.
So far, the direct-to-consumer line has thrived from word of mouth via her famous friends such as Cindy Crawford and Kris Jenner. She has a fan in another neighbor, too: actor-director Patrick Dempsey, who, along with his makeup artist wife Jillian, had also wear-tested Bleusalt in early days.
The soft-to-the-touch Lenzing Modal that Bleusalt is made with resonated especially well with Dempsey, who bought more hoodies for himself online “because I just lived in them.” Benson and Dempsey are both fans of luxury fashion, particularly Brunello Cucinelli, and it was that soft and easy vibe Benson had in mind when she created Bleusalt as a way to “still feel like you’re in sweatpants but step it up a little.”
Because he was already wearing the Bleusalt pieces at home, in town, while traveling and on sets, Dempsey suggested designing a collection of pieces that could take him from
Patrick Reed, the leader at the halfway point of the 2018 Masters, is the most controversial man in golf. He’s been disliked from the moment he announced his presence nearly five years ago and hasn’t done much to change opinions since then. He’s brash and alienating. He can be a troll. He’s the kind of guy who begins sentences with “I’m from Texas.” Britain’s Telegraph named him the most hated player in golf. A 2015 ESPN players poll named him the second most-disliked man on tour (behind Bubba Watson) and that was before many of his shenanigans. He often plays practice rounds by himself and has been known to curse on TV and snap at fans. The fact that wore red on Sundays annoyed fans, either
LOCAL COLOR: Patrick Grant is on a mission to create skilled jobs in the U.K. textile and apparel industry, and he’s taking his work a step further with plans to launch an e-commerce site for the not-for-profit Community Clothing label, which he founded in 2016.
Grant, who owns the men’s clothing brand E. Tautz and Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, launched Community Clothing with the aim of making affordable clothing, creating jobs and supporting British textile communities. It uses a direct-to-consumer model and offers basics for men and women, with a focus on denim and outerwear.
“We want to sustain and create a lot of skilled jobs in the textile and garment making industry. We think we can create 5,000 in the U.K.,” he said. “We’d like it to be big because the bigger it gets, the more jobs it creates,” Grant said. “The more efficient the factories become, the lower the prices, the better for everyone. We think the U.K. market for the product we make is huge, tens of billions, and most of the incumbents are failing to deliver.”
As part of his expansion plans, Grant will launch an e-commerce site early April that will also feature behind the scenes stories and interviews with British
GROUP EFFORT: British designer Patrick Grant is lending a hand to emerging London talents with a pop-up shop called Basement at his E. Tautz flagship on Duke Street.
He tapped Topman’s creative director Gordon Richardson to curate the offer, which includes selections of labels including Lou Dalton, Mathew Miller, Alex Mullins and Louise Gray, who has done clothing and artwork for the space.
Grant said he wanted to set aside a dedicated space for his fellow designer friends who don’t have bricks-and-mortar stores of their own and added that he’s happy to welcome other brands.
“All the designers in here, I know personally very well. As designers we’ve all grown up together. We’ve shown together, we’ve done showrooms together. We have all grown up through the BFC’s [British Fashion Council’s] pipeline of New Gen. We’ve taken the last train home from Paris — we have all got drunk together. We are all really good-pals, so it made sense that we might sell together. And its great to have the support of Gordon, who has been mentor and friend to all of us.”
Prices range from 20 pounds for a Community Clothing T-shirt to 1,000 pounds for a Matthew Miller leather jacket. Both Gray and
Patrick Stewart will be the recipient of the Variety creative impact in acting award at the 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival. Stewart will also participate in “A Conversation With,” one of HIFF’s signature programs, on Oct. 7 at East Hampton Middle School. He will be presented with the award at the conversation by Steven Gaydos, […]
Patrick DiLascia is injecting casual luxury into his latest line, Patrick.
The men’s retailer and designer, who appeared on Marcus Lemonis’ CNBC show “The Profit” with his label DiLascia, is now going after the higher end.
DiLascia, who has long been known for his Southern California lifestyle T-shirts with cheeky sayings such as “Extra” and “Pool Boy,” is now veering toward a full-fledged lifestyle brand with the build-out of a collection that is more than T-shirts, in addition to kids and the infusion of complementary brands into his retail business.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to have a collection rather than just T-shirts so we’re looking at doing higher price points and better fabrics, and it’s not going to be distributed as heavily as DiLascia has been,” the designer said. “When I met with some of my higher-end retailers we were discussing where the market was going. The top retailers in the high end are going to stay. Those lower-end retailers, like H&M and Topshop, are going to stay, and that middle’s going to basically be gone. So DiLascia kind of falls in the middle and I needed to decide where I wanted to go: up or down. And, obviously, I
The 16th annual San Diego International Film Festival will screen 117 films and feature a salute to Patrick Stewart, who will be given the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Cinema. The festival will run Oct. 4-8. Stewart will be feted Oct. 5 at the Variety Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry Hotel… Read more »
AN AMERICAN AMBASSADOR: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Swiss watchmaker Hublot has added a new name to its list of professional golfing brand ambassadors: Patrick Reed.
Nicknamed Captain America, Reed built his reputation at the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, helping spur the U.S. team to victory at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and was the youngest winner of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Hublot chief executive officer Ricardo Guadalupe cited Reed’s “perseverance and commitment” to his career as a reason for the brand’s choice. The brash, fist-pumping 27-year-old joins golfers including top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Olympics gold medalist Justin Rose in partnering with the brand.
Hublot welcomed the partnership with Reed by throwing a cocktail party Tuesday at the Woodlands Country Club in Houston. Reed, who said he has a long-held affinity for Hublot watches, wore the Swiss brand’s Big Bang UNICO Titanium model.
Hublot also counts sportsmen of other disciplines to represent the brand, including runner Usain Bolt and soccer stars Pelé and Diego Maradona. Pelé and Bolt were both on hand to unveil the brand’s modern Fifth Avenue New York last year.
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Speaking beside his “Logan” costar Hugh Jackman and the film’s director and co-writer James Mangold, Stewart said he came to the decision after watching the latest installment about a week ago and finding himself moved to tears.
“I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie,” he said.
“I told [Jackman] that same evening, ‘I’m done too. It’s all over,’” Stewart said.
Stewart has starred in six of the X-Men movies preceding “Logan.” These are “X-Men” (2000), “X-Men 2” (2003), “ X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009), “The Wolverine” (2013), and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014).
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Meghan Markle is currently in one of the most high-profile romances in the world, but that’s not why she didn’t attend her onscreen fiancé Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario’s wedding.
“She never planned on attending the wedding,” says a source, who adds that reports Markle — who has been dating Prince Harry for several months — turned down an invite because she didn’t want to overshadow the bride and groom are untrue.
The actress, 35, was recently visited by her boyfriend in Canada, and on Adams’ wedding day, she was spotted braving the cold to head to a yoga class in Toronto.
Adams and Bellisario wed in a bohemian outdoor ceremony in front of 200 guests in southern California, where their Suits and Pretty Little Liars costars — including Sarah Rafferty, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale and more — were in attendance.
Last week, Markle declared her love for the prince by wearing a gold, personalized necklace with the letters M and H on it. A friend of the actress recently told PEOPLE Markle is “head over heels” for Harry, who made a major detour after a 15-day tour of the Caribbean to see his girlfriend on his way back home.
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Bellisario, who plays Spencer on “PLL,” looked absolutely stunning in her gown, which she accessorized with a gold halo-like crown. At one point, the actress changed into a glittering gold dress, which was equally gorgeous.
Guests included Bellisario’s “PLL” cast-mates Keegan Allen, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding, as well as the show’s creator I. Marlene King. Fellow “PLL” star Shay Mitchell was not in attendance, but she made sure to send her friend and co-star some love on Instagram.
“To my big sister T on her wedding day,” she wrote. “I love that we were able to close one very important chapter of our lives together and I am devastated not to be there as you embark on your next one. … I know you and Patrick will have the most special day and I can’t wait to celebrate you two as a married couple. Soak it all in and enjoy this moment…it’s all yours babe.”
Check out more photos from the stunning wedding below:
Earlier this month, Patrick Hardison came face-to-face with the woman who gave him a second chance at life.
Hardison, a volunteer firefighter, suffered severe burns that badly disfigured his face during a 2001 search and rescue mission through a blazing house fire. Last year, he underwent the first extensive face transplant after David Rodebaugh, a 26-year-old Brooklyn bike mechanic and BMX racer, died after sustaining brain trauma in a cycling accident. Rodebaugh’s mother, Nancy Millar, made the difficult decision to donate her son’s organs — including his face — and changed Hardison’s life forever.
On Nov. 7, Hardison got to thank Millar in person for the first time in New York City during a very emotional meeting. PEOPLE was there to capture the special moment and speak to both Nancy and Patrick, now friends who will be connected forever.
A Mother’s Grief
“David was the sweetest, nicest, funnest guy — I mean, just always having fun,” says Millar, about her son, David. “Sunshine; always happy.”
Sadly, their lives were tragically turned upside down when, on August 2015, as Rodebaugh was riding his bike home from work, a pedestrian walked out in front of him. Swerving to avoid the collision, he flew off his bike and landed on his head. On Aug. 12, Rodebaugh was pronounced brain-dead, and his mother had what for most would have been a difficult decision to make.
But for Millar, the choice to donate David’s face (as well as his kidneys, liver and heart) came easily, and from the heart.
“Hands down, no question,” she says. “I said, ‘You better save his face. He has the face of a porcelain doll.’ And he’s a donor — we had talked about it.” ThroughLiveOnNY, an organ donation organization, Rodebaugh’s face was found to be a perfect match with Hardison’s.
A Man’s Second Chance at Life
Two days later, on Aug. 14, 2015, Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez — the chair of the Wyss Despartment of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York — wheeled Patrick Hardison into an operating room and, during a 26-hour surgical procedure, fitted Rodebaugh’s face to Hardison’s head.
“Patrick’s procedure included the largest amount of soft tissue that’s ever been transplanted in medicine. Not only from the front of the face but also the ears, eyelids, nose, lips, skin of the neck and hair-bearing scalp,” Dr. Rodriguez says of the risky procedure, which has only a 50 percent survival rate.
Hardison — who had lost his hair, ears, eyelids, nose and lips in the 2001 blaze —had no hesitations. By this time, his vision had started deteriorating due to complications with his eyelids, but more than that, he wanted to return to some state of normalcy, especially for his children: Alison, 22, Dalton, 19, Averi, 17, Braden, 13, and Cullen, 12.
“I had lived without a face for 14 years,” says Hardison, 42. “You get up every day of your life for 14 years hating the way you look, and you’ll do whatever it is to change — and that was what I wanted to do.”
In the 15 months since his surgery, Hardison has shown no signs of rejecting the transplant. “Everything has changed,” he says of his post surgery life. “I’m able to drive, go swimming with my kids — little things like that I haven’t been able to do for 15 years,” adds Hardison, who also enjoyed a family vacation to Disney World this summer, their first vacation since his accident.
“Now I’m just a normal guy,” says Hardison. “There’s no staring, no kids running off crying — that means everything.”
An Emotional Meeting
Face to face with recipient of her son’s face for the first time on Nov. 7, Millar had just one sweet request for Hardison.
“I said, ‘Can I kiss your forehead?’” Millar says. “That’s the one thing I wanted to do because every night before David went to bed when he was little, I kissed his forehead.”
Hardison says he wasn’t nervous about meeting Millar—more than anything, he just wanted to say thank you.
“I’ve been waiting a year to meet her. I’m just very grateful,” he says. “Without her it wouldn’t have been possible. It’s like she’s family. We connected that easily.”
Millar agrees that the two will always share a special bond — and she already senses her son’s spirit in Hardison.
“My son was my rock; he was my hero, my security, my protector. I see all of that in Patrick,” she says. “It’s almost like he’s my son, but he’s closer to my age, so he’s a brother. was like giving birth to a child. We’re gonna be friends forever.”
LiveOnNY President & CEO Helen Irving hopes their story inspires others to consider organ donation. “To see the gift that she’s been able to give through her son means a great deal to her,” Irving says of Millar. “It was really important to bring them all together so she could could come full-circle and really see the gift that David had left behind.”
For Hardison’s family, Rodebaugh and Millar’s sacrifice has literally been the gift of a lifetime.
“Dad’s been given a gift to have a second chance at life — and that’s what he’s doing,” says Hardison’s daughter, Alison. “It’s so bittersweet because you know in order to get to that point that someone else has had to lose a loved one. But in return, you get a miracle. That’s exactly what Dave was: Dave was our miracle.”
All films buffs have guilty pleasures. You know, those movies that high-minded cineastes love to turn their noses up at, especially critics for The New York Times, people with MFAs in some sort of film-related field, or just plain snobs who refuse to acknowledge anything released on celluloid that doesn’t have English subtitles and at least one reference to death, either as a character or a metaphor (and oftentimes both). Patrick Swayze was the undisputed King of the Guilty Pleasure. From his screen debut in Skatetown, USA in 1979, to his final appearance on television’s “The Beast” as a take-no-prisoners cop, Swayze was an unapologetic good ol’ boy who happened to be a classically-trained dancer, student of martial arts and Eastern philosophy, and possessor of an IQ that was nothing to sneeze at. In fact, he closely resembled Dalton, his character in this writer’s all-time guilty pleasure, Rowdy Herrington’s Road House (1989), as a bar bouncer with a Master’s in Philosophy from NYU, who could quote Confucius and snap necks in near-perfect synchronicity.
In June 2004, when I was asked by Venice Magazine to interview Swayze for his turn as pulp fiction icon Allan Quartermain in the Hallmark television production of “King Solomon’s Mines,” his star might have waned a bit since his mid-’80s heyday, but his stature as a reluctant pop cultural icon had only increased with each passing year, and his refusal to be anything but himself. Renowned for fighting against being typecast as a typical pretty-boy star/leading man, Swayze’s rep indicated not only that he marched to the beat of his own drummer, but was also known for not suffering fools. That said, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I went to meet Swayze at photographer Greg Gorman’s studio for our sit-down. I’d met more than my share of egomaniacs and narcissists in my ten years of entertainment journalism, living embodiments of “never meet your idols.” From the minute Patrick Swayze shook my hand, and for the next six hours we spent together, I was completely disarmed by his charm, honesty and just plain normalcy. After a half hour or so, I felt as though I was hanging out with a buddy from the old neighborhood (his Texas to my Arizona made us cultural cousins). Swayze was reflective, yet totally un-self-indulgent. He was engaging, but usually more interested in your opinion than expressing his own. He was close to the earth as a rancher and man who loved the outdoors, yet also a man of letters who could put most PhDs to shame with his knowledge of, from what I could tell, almost everything.
The only bad thing I can say about Patrick Swayze: goddamn, did he smoke a lot. Patrick must have gone through at least a pack and-a-half (a conservative estimate) of American Spirits during our talk. The only time he wasn’t smoking was when we were eating a magnificent sushi dinner. The minute those chopsticks went down, a lit nail was back in his hand. I knew he’d gotten sober after an ongoing battle with the bottle, one that had claimed his father and sister, but cigarettes continued to be a demon he wrestled with. When I asked him about the irony of such a fine athlete destroying his lungs with tobacco smoke, he smiled gently, looked at the cigarette in his hand and said “Yeah, I know, but I’ll beat this thing eventually. I’ve beaten worse, man.” He had, and for a while, he nearly did: Swayze’s self-described “peaceful warrior” attitude allowed him to survive nearly two years longer than doctors predicted he would, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer eighteen months ago. He lost the battle on Monday, September 14, 2009. He was 57.
At the end of our talk, Swayze took my hand in his, and said “Alex, I’d really like you to stay in my life.” Over the next few years, we shared some nice chats over the phone, a few emails, and almost worked together, when Patrick read the script for my AFI graduate thesis film, a Hollywood satire, and loved the part of an arrogant movie star. Scheduling conflicts dictated that collaboration was not to be, however, and eventually we lost touch, as people tend to do in Los Angeles. As Raymond Chandler wrote in The Long Goodbye, “To say goodbye is to die a little.”
Goodbye, Patrick. Thank you for always staying down to Earth, even when Hollywood tried to cast you out among the stars.
PATRICK SWAYZE: PEACEFUL WARRIOR
Patrick Swayze has always been his own man. As early as 1979, when the former dancer and stage actor made his big screen debut in the roller disco opus Skatetown, USA, Swayze easily could have let himself be packaged into that year’s teen idol. But despite his cover boy looks, Swayze refused to be pigeonholed as flavor-of-the-month, and persevered as a serious actor, until 1983, when Francis Ford Coppola cast him, along with a crew of other unknowns with names like Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, and Matt Dillon in a little picture called The Outsiders. When he landed the lead in the hit miniseries “North & South” two years later, his stardom was solidified, and Patrick Swayze became another “overnight success,” whose single night of paying dues lasted over a decade.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born in Houston, Texas August 18, 1952 to Jesse Swayze, an engineer and former rancher, and Patsy Swayze, who would go on to become a world-renowned choreographer in her own right. Young Patrick was driven to be a success in everything he did, pushed by his mother in particular, excelling in sports, as well as music and dance. By then, Patsy Swayze had a thriving dance studio, with many attractive female students. One young lady, Lisa Niemi, caught Patrick’s eye and the two were married in 1975. It continues to be one of the most enduring marriages in show business.
After studying with the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet Schools, Patrick went on to act in dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway shows, before making the trek out to Hollywood, where he and Lisa lived on “a jar of peanut butter and oranges from our tree in the backyard” for more years than the actor would probably care to admit, before finally wrangling a secure career as an actor at age 30. Other notable films in the ’80s included Walter Hill’s Uncommon Valor and John Milius’ Red Dawn, but it was the year 1987 that truly solidified Patrick Swayze’s star in the Hollywood lexicon.
Dirty Dancing was a small film that became a cultural phenomenon, and Patrick’s turn as Catskills dance instructor Johnny Castle made young girls’ hearts skip a beat and young men by the hundreds suddenly sign up for Arthur Murray classes. The film, which was made for a meager six million dollars, went on to gross over $ 170,000,000 worldwide. With his name now on the top of the A-list, Patrick went on to star in such films as Road House (1989), Next of Kin (1989), and another cultural phenomenon, Ghost (1990). The ’90s also showcased Patrick in Katherine Bigelow’s Point Break (1991), Roland Joffe’s City of Joy (1992), and Three Wishes (1995). Recently, Patrick has lent his star power to such indie gems as Green Dragon (2001) and Donnie Darko (2001).
Patrick Swayze brings his bigger-than-life heroics to the small screen this month with the Hallmark Channel’s production of King Solomon’s Mines, based on H. Rider Haggard’s legendary pulp novel, with Patrick starring as its iconic hero, Allan Quartermain. Credited as being the inspiration for Indiana Jones, as well as dozens of other pop culture heroes, Quartermain is a 19th century adventurer who travels to Africa in search of a missing archeologist, a man who holds the key to untold treasures, and power. Patrick is given fine support from Alison Doody, Roy Marsden, John Standing and Sidede Onyulo in this full-throttle adventure that is must-see viewing for the whole family. It premieres on the Hallmark Channel Saturday, June 12.
Patrick Swayze sat down recently to discuss topics ranging from his impressive body of work, to spirituality, to the genius of Marlon Brando. Here’s what transpired:
Tell us about wearing the shoes of Allan Quartermain, one of the first heroes of pulp fiction.
Patrick Swayze: I think any kid who’s ever had an adventurous bone in their body, either read Haggard’s book or saw one of the film versions. It was a lot of fun for me because I felt like I was coming home, back to that kind of period hero role that I was born for, and in many ways I’ve lived my whole life, with all the training I’ve done in things like martial arts, horsemanship, stunt work, and just being a mountain man and survivalist. All these things that are passions in my life were great to bring to this character. It was also an interesting choice they made changing him from an Englishman to an American. There was a very specific reason for that; to try to bring it into a more contemporary feeling. “King Solomon’s Mines” helped launch an entirely new form of storytelling that evolved into films like the Indiana Jones trilogy and Romancing the Stone, although those films were all pretty tongue-in-cheek, and I think we take it much more seriously. We wanted to create a dramatic epic that had a sense of fun. What I also wanted to try to do with it was incorporate my passion for conservation and wildlife, to have Quartermain evolve from a great white hunter into a conservationist.
Swayze as the original pulp fiction hero, Allan Quartermain, in King Solomon’s Mines.
You spent five months in South Africa shooting this film. What were your impressions of the country?
I was there once before when I did a movie with my wife, Lisa, called Steel Dawn.
I loved that movie!
(laughs) Yeah, people love that movie. That cracks me up. It’s like I’m the king of cult followings, with Point Break, Road House, Next of Kin…but there is something about Africa, this ancient energy that just permeates your whole being, just standing on that earth. As I was there, and spending time with the lions and tigers and elephants–I actually became friends with this elephant named Harry that we used in the movie that was just amazing! He’s the huge, 15-foot elephant in the opening of the film. We actually used two elephants playing the same part: Harry and Sally. (laughs) I just decided to approach this elephant the same way I do my horses: with a lot of love and trust. It got to the point where he’d pick me up with his tusks and I’d shake him, and he’d shake back. On my last day, I was leaving the set in this Land Rover, and I stopped the vehicle, and there was Harry. I wanted to see if he’d come to me or not, so I yelled “Harry!” And he saw me, threw back his trunk, and started charging towards my vehicle! I thought “O-kay!” So he stopped right by the vehicle, stuck his trunk inside and wrapped it around me because he didn’t want me to go! I was ready to take a big part of my ranch back home and turn it into an elephant preserve after that.
Did you do most of your own stunts?
Normally what I do is let the stunt double do most of the rehearsals, the idea being that the less you do, the less chance you have of getting hurt. Although my stunt double didn’t ride horses, so all the horsemanship was up to me. But most of the stunts you see in my films are done by me.
It was nice to see Alison Doody acting again. I think every man who saw her in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has yet to catch his breath.
It’s a real pleasure working with a leading lady who knows exactly who she is. A lot of leading ladies, when they finally get to a certain point in their careers, get angry, and have an attitude, but Alison didn’t. She was a real pro and made it safe for us both, because she’s very happily married, and so am I, which helped us to establish this relationship set in the 19th century where you just didn’t cross a certain line with someone you weren’t married to, even though every fiber of your being is screaming to. Plus, it helped us to navigate around that predictable moment of “when is the guy gonna hook up with the girl?”
Of course, with this film, it was just that wonderful kiss between the two.
Which in the 19th century, was akin to a love scene! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in any love scene I’ve done in a film, it’s that it’s not about sucking face. It’s not about jumping someone’s bones. It’s about the connection between two human beings in the eyes, the idea that this person makes you whole and completes you. That’s what’s really sexy. And that’s what makes this relationship in the film really sexy: it’s all about working up to that kiss.
L to R: Patrick Swayze, Patsy Swayze and Patrick’s wife, Lisa Niemi, in Patsy’s Houston dance studio, circa 1977.
Let’s talk about your background. You were born and raised in Houston, Texas. Your mom is a legendary choreographer who started her own studio in Houston. What did your dad do?
Well, his dad was one of the foremen of the King Ranch, which was the biggest ranch in the world, at one point. So my dad was raised on a ranch. At one point, he was the state champion calf roper. Needless to say, he got me into that stuff from the time I was little. My dad was a really organic, kind of earthy man. He was one of those men that was full of loving energy and had a sweet, gentle nature, but he was also one of those men that you didn’t want to cross. He had that Southern man kind of energy to where if they ever lose that graciousness for one moment and that tone changes, you better run. There’s no warning. He really taught me so many things that in your younger years are kind of cliché, but as you get older, you realize their importance: like integrity, passion, in your work ethic. I now live my life by most of the things my dad taught me. I think my favorite saying of his would be: “All I got is my integrity. To this day, I ain’t never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul.” (laughs) Really, playing Allan Quartermain was an opportunity for me to play my dad.
And your mother, Patsy, is world-renowned dancer and choreographer.
That’s the other side of me: the intensity, the passion, the drive, the belief in communicating something through the arts. It’s all those qualities of my mother’s that have really led me down all these tangential paths in my life. My parents were an amazing couple.
Swayze as Orry Main, in the ABC mini-series North & South (1985).
Your father was a man of integrity, and you seem to largely play men of integrity, going back to your character Orry Main in the miniseries “North & South,” the role that helped launch your career.
What sucks an audience in is that ticking clock of whether this character is going to achieve what it is that they want in their life and it’s usually not something physical. It’s usually something internal, some subtext that’s eating at them or haunting them like a demon. It’s a deep-seated thing that they may, or may not, get past in order to get to what they need to achieve. Who really cares how many things you can blow up and who wins? It’s how you get there. It’s the process that’s really the powerful thing in storytelling.
Clockwise: Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, and Emilio Estevez in Francis Coppola’s The Outsiders (1983).
The Outsiders came out around the same time, and helped to solidify your stardom. Tell us about the experience of working on that landmark Coppola film, which made stars out of a huge cast of unknowns, with names like Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and many others.
It was wonderful. Playing Orry really graduated me into playing the role of Darrel Curtis. And Francis was a great teacher for me. What I got from Francis was the true essence of what “organic” means. He would have us live in the house as a family, and be brothers. I would teach these kids how to jump freight trains and ride them. I used to jump freights in my surfing days, when I’d jump a freight leaving Houston for the Gulf Coast and then jump another one to get home. I taught these kids all the skills I knew: how to fight, how to do back flips and hand stands. I was teaching gymnastics classes to all the guys every day. The only one who was too cool to work with us was Matt Dillon. (laughs) He was much more into “I’m a New Yorker. I ain’t into that stuff. That’s pussy stuff.” (laughs) But (Tom) Cruise took to it like a magnet. That’s what I love about Tom, same thing with John Travolta. I love guys who are like sponges. No attitude, just “I want to learn.” And if you look at them now, those are the guys that have careers. When you come from “I don’t know,” your growth is limitless. When you come from “I know,” your growth stops. But Francis got so detailed. He didn’t want anything coming out that didn’t come from you as a person. No play-acting. No doing “words.” We rehearsed that film completely improvisationally. We really became this family of three boys who were too young to be left alone, but we had no choice, because our parents were dead. And we had to survive, and we had to maintain our dignity. If there’s a common thread among all the characters I’ve played, I think it’s the exploration of all our dignity as people. So Francis became a huge part of my life. We were all together at his winery up in Napa for the 20th anniversary of the film, and the director’s cut that’s coming out on DVD, and it was like old home week. It was like my father was in my life again. Francis will always be an inspiration to me, because he never gives up.
Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the smash hit Dirty Dancing (1987).
With Dirty Dancing, did you and the rest of the cast and crew have any clue that the film would become the phenomenon that it did?
Everyone always wants to say in hindsight, “Oh yeah, I knew it all along.” But Dirty Dancing was another one of those situations where we were just re-writing constantly, Eleanor Bergstein, Emile Ardolino and I, around the clock. When you find one of those projects where everyone jumps in with both feet, for me, those are the movies that make history. Dirty Dancing had that kind of energy. I would say it’s the only film in my life that made me realize I had to keep my dancing quiet, because if dancing had been the thing that had launched me initially, I would have always been “dancer turned actor,” and never been taken seriously as an actor. But what made that movie famous wasn’t me shaking my butt. It was the fact that the young, funky Jewish girl gets the guy not because she’s the hottest girl on the block, but because of what she’s got in her heart. That’s what’s worth falling in love with. I truly believe that’s why that movie continues to live on, like Ghost. I never used to believe in luck before, but when I think back on some of the films I’ve done, there’s got to be a little luck in there somewhere, you know? I mean, who gets to be involved with one movie that makes history? (laughs) It’s that mystical law of chance the Buddhists talk about called “miyoho.”
Let’s talk about some of your other films. One of your earliest films I really liked was Walter Hill’s Uncommon Valor, with Gene Hackman.
I come from a place where I want to be part of a collaborative, nurturing kind of energy. A lot of times you’ll have actors who just want to phone it in until their close-up, or just phone it in when they’re off-camera, and Gene never did that. It didn’t matter if he had an attitude about something that had made him angry on the set, always with the other actor; he was there 100% for you emotionally, no matter which side of the camera he was on. That made me realize that was the kind of actor I wanted to be. I’ve always been very lucky with those kinds of people. I was in this hardware store off Vineland one day, and somebody got out of a car next to me, and I just turned into a zombie, got off my motorcycle, and followed this guy into the story, without a clue as to who he was. All of the sudden, this big Indian puts himself between me and this guy, and I’m thinking “Oh my God, I’ve just finished “North & South” and The Outsiders and I’ve had this kind of stalking stuff happen to me. What am I doing?!” Then I realized it was Marlon Brando! So I did the typical fan thing and said the completely wrong thing: “I just finished working with Francis Ford Coppola on a movie. Then I thought “Oh my God, you dummy! Isn’t he in the middle of a lawsuit with Francis?!” (laughs) So I wound up following him around and talking to him, and felt like I was at a therapist’s, and he just listened to me talk. I finally stopped myself and said “I’m sorry; I’m really embarrassed by this.” He turned around as he was about to leave and said “Hey son, I see something in your eyes. Don’t give it up. Believe in yourself.” And that has stuck with me forever, through the worst times, that Marlon Brando saw something in my eyes.
Let’s talk about Road House, which might be my favorite film of yours. Your character Dalton wasn’t the typical action hero. He was quite complex.
The whole basis of Road House was a modern-day western with the lead character being quite a complicated man. It would have been very simple to go down the road of playing tough and acting intense. But just playing “tough guy” never really goes anywhere. It might go somewhere for a little bit in a certain genre of film, but then people get tired of that genre and tired of that actor. This was going to be possibly the one real fight film I did where a lifetime of training I’d gone through would be able to be put into one movie. In the fight scenes, none of us were pulling our punches, except for the ones to the face. We made sure that everyone who was fighting really knew how to fight, so that you’d lift people off the ground, but you didn’t break bone. We wanted to avoid the stuntman “biff, bam, bop” thing. In certain ways, I saw Dalton as Shane. And I liked the fact that it was one of the first opportunities for me to put out there my passion for being a peaceful warrior: to be highly-skilled, but to avoid violence or hurting another human being at all costs, unless you have no choice. But my complete concern in that film was to focus on the performance, and the fighting was secondary. The thing that continues to amaze me about Road House is the huge cult following it has, not only with male viewers, but with women, as well. I guess it’s that whole idea of the man who’s really mush inside. Women want men to get more sensitive, then they do, and women write songs like “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (laughs)
Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost (1990).
Speaking of “chick flicks,” let’s talk about Ghost.
That, for me, was another testament that when you get people believing they’re doing something special, something special happens. Jerry Zucker, being renowned for his comedic work, brought a wonderful thing to this project. And the writer, Bruce Joel Rubin, was a real gift because Bruce is a very spiritual man. When we’d be talking during the re-writes, we’d go into deeper topics about spirituality, but we finally came up with the idea that if you truly love someone and then you die, you take the love with you, because that’s all you can really take. By curbing the desire to try to say too much, and thus possibly alienating people, and going back to very simple truths, it just seemed to resonate with a lot of people around the world. It was one of those films that come along and an alarm goes off in my body, telling me that I have to do it. It passed what I call “the goosebump test.” When that happens, I know I have to do a film.
Patrick Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi at their ranch, Rancho Bizarro, in May 2009.
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“Star Trek” icon Patrick Stewart has come to the defense of Northern Ireland’s Ashers Bakery, which was found guilty of discrimination last month after refusing to prepare a cake decorated with a same-sex marriage slogan.
In response, Stewart called the Ashers case “a deliciously difficult” subject in an interview with BBC’s Newsnight, adding that he “found himself on the side of the bakers” because nobody should be forced to write politically-relevant text that they didn’t support.
“It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected. It was not because they were celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them,” Stewart is quoted as saying. “It was the actual words on the cake that they objected to, because they found them offensive.”
He went on to note, “I would support their rights to say, ‘No, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.'”
“I think this is where the theater is such an appealing world, because it embraces everything and always has. So there was never a moment where I made an intellectual choice that I would be a supporter of gay civil rights,” he said at the time. “It was always a natural and uncomplicated choice.”
Brace yourself for a whole lot of drama on NBC this fall.
The network announced its fall 2015-2016 lineup Sunday. The new slate includes variety show “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” “Heroes” revival “Heroes Reborn,” crime thriller “Blindspot,” Wesley Snipes’ thriller “The Player,” couples comedy “People Are Talking” and medical drama “Heartbreaker.”
The most surprising feature of the schedule is its drastic lack of comedies. Besides “Undateable,” which was renewed for a third season of all-live episodes, NBC’s only other half-hour comedy is newcomer “People Are Talking.” Both shows will air back-to-back on Friday night, meaning that NBC will have only one hour of comedy programming per week this fall. That’s the lowest number of comedies the network has had since the fall of 1978, according to Vulture, revealing that comedies clearly aren’t a priority for the peacock network.
NBC’s fall schedule is rounded out with renewed shows “The Blacklist,” “Grimm,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Undateable,” “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Hollywood Game Night.”
Check out trailers for four of NBC’s new shows below:
“People Are Talking”
See the full list of NBC’s new fall and mid-season shows at NBC.com.
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